Angels of the Valley

The Angels of the Valley banner project aims to raise awareness of the issue of drug overdose and reduce the stigma associated with people who have lost their lives due to the disease of substance use disorder.

This project also recognizes the grief felt by families and friends in our community who have lost a loved one as a result of drug use. The banners signify the passing of someone cherished and send a message that the tragedy of drug-related death is preventable, and those who are suffering should feel no shame in asking for help.

Photos of loved ones will be accepted starting June 1 thru July 12. Photos can be submitted online or dropped off at the Banana Factory Arts Center during normal business hours.

Submit Your Angel of the Valley

Images must be a hi-resolution jpeg, tiff, bitmap, or PDF file; color and B&W are accepted.

Banana Factory
25 W. Third St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Any photos dropped off at the Banana Factory can be picked up during normal business hours starting on August 1st. The banners will be displayed in September during National Recovery Month.

A partnership with Speak Up for Ben, Inc


The Opioid Spoon Project: The Honor Tour
Thursday, June 6, 5-8 pm
Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks
Domenic Esposito will embark on a multi city tour, along the East Coast with a specially created 800lb opioid spoon sculpture to memorialize those who have lost their opioid addiction battles. The tour, created by Esposito as a way of “giving back” to opioid-stricken communities, began May 11 in his home state of Massachusetts, where crowds welcomed the artist and waited in line to leave the signatures on the spoon of loved ones lost to the crisis. In partnership with Speak Up for Ben, Inc, the Opioid Spoon Project will be making a stop in Bethlehem, Pa. During his visit to SteelStacks, Esposito will speak about the project, as well as reaction as he’s traveled up and down the East Coast.

A Memorial Vigil, led by Rhonda Miller, Speak Up for Ben, will be held at 6:00 p.m. to remember those who lost their lives to Opioids. All are welcome to join in and sign their loved one’s name on the Spoon sculpture.